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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3523.63al Qur'an by al-Qur'an
1.2193.36The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.53Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1973.45Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1933.27Intrigue and love by Friedrich von Schiller
1.1783.51Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.18A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.59Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1583.3A Village Romeo and Juliet by Gottfried Keller
1.1553.55Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1444.03The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.1433.77Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
1.1423.79The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture by Fritjof Capra
1.1343.58Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.14Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.79Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.0933.05The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.48Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
1.0693.51Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.5Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
1.0553.95The shadow out of time by H. P. Lovecraft
1.0533.51Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0413.84Lysistrata; a comedy in four acts by Aristophanes
1.0393.5Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1.0363.46Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0333.89Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0323.83The Flounder by Günter Grass
1.0263.94Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0223.64Antigone by Sophocles
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.96The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0143.68Innocent Erendira and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
1.0143.58On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.0073.97To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm
1.0033.74The Fire Raisers by Max Frisch
0.9993.66Politics by Aristotle
0.9983.7Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9973.69Asterix and the Black Gold by Albert Uderzo
0.9974.09Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9963.64Eden by Stanisław Lem
0.9943.41Educating Rita by Willy Russell
0.9943.94The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9923.43Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
0.9913.63A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.9893.69An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land (original edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9873.81The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft
0.9864.23Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
0.9853.37Songbook by Nick Hornby
0.9853.21Kleider machen Leute by Gottfried Keller
0.9843.98Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9843.84Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.49Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.983.61Der Hauptmann von Köpenick: Ein deutsches Märchen in drei Akten by Carl Zuckmayer
0.9793.67Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanisław Lem
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9743.6Die philosophische Hintertreppe. Vierunddreißig große Philosophen in Alltag und Denken. by Wilhelm Weischedel
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.65Gorgias by Plato
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9653.93Atonement by Ian McEwan
0.9643.82Homo Faber by Max Frisch
0.9633.84Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield by René Goscinny
0.9634.07The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.963.77Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0.9593.83The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9573.25The Second Angel by Philip Kerr
0.9543.78Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9533.63The Art of Always Being Right by Arthur Schopenhauer
0.9523.86One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9513.61The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
0.9513.51Ensel und Krete by Walter Moers
0.9514.35Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.953.81Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
0.9493.77Women by Charles Bukowski
0.9474.25The Man Without Qualities (complete) by Robert Musil
0.9473.49Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
0.9434.27Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
0.9433.82The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.9413.98The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
0.9413.76Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
0.9363.72So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
0.9364.17Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life by Theodor W. Adorno
0.9353.69Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D. T. Niane
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